Classroom Goals, Guidelines and Policies

MUSIC TOGETHER GOALS

The primary goal of Music Together is the achievement of BASIC MUSIC COMPETENCE. This consists of three parts:
1.Enjoyment of music
2.Rhythm
3.Tone


ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC

Through the first goal, we will have fun with activities that will help your child to learn to sing in tune and to play or move to a beat correctly.

RHYTHMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chants and finger plays: They have a strong beat and are lots of fun!
Rhythm Patterns: We will do these frequently during class and you will hear them on your tape. They will be call and response.
Instrument Play: We will explore rhythms on individual instruments and have free choice for our play-a-long.
Movement and Dancing: We will move around a lot during the class, dancing and creating small and large movements.

TONAL DEVELOPMENT

Tonal Patterns: Melody and tone are the building blocks of music and when they are separated children understand them better. You will hear tonal patterns in class and on your tape. They will be call and response.
Singing: We will sing songs with words and without words so children can experience melody and rhythm without the challenge of a lot of words. We frequently sing in syllables called vocables.


MUSIC TOGETHER GUIDELINES

There will be mixed ages in each class. The activities are structured so that all ages can participate at their own level.
Together we'll show children what music looks like, what music sounds like and what music feels like. You are your child's most important musical role model, so your participation in singing and moving is key, regardless of your skill level. So join in as soon as you are ready.
Relax and enjoy yourself, resisting the impulse to control your child's responses (i.e. chapping their hands for them, correcting their rhythm, etc.) Appreciate your child's own responses and learning styles. They'll learn by watching you!
It's okay for children to move freely around the room within a safe boundary, to learn about instruments by tasting them, and to hold onto instruments if they are not quite ready to release them. We will disinfect all instruments at the end of each class.
Try to keeping talking and socializing to a minimum once the class begins. Even silences between songs are very valuable because your children are absorbing and audiating (hearing music in their minds, even though no music is playing). There is enough time for language development outside of class, so realize that this is music time.
You may notice that some children are more reserved during class and may just observe. This may go on for many weeks, but it is important to realize that they are still learning and absorbing. Try not to compare your child with others and most importantly, just relax and appreciate your child's personal learning style.


MUSIC TOGETHER POLICIES

NO REFUNDS after first week of class.

LATE FEE of $25.00 will be added if payment is not received by week five of the current session.  

You may make up classes within the session. All classes are listed on the website. Please schedule all makeups using the "makeup tool" on the home page.

In the event of inclement weather, cancellations will be posted on the website, our Facebook page or you can call (207) 749-7210.

Please keep children home if they are infectious. If your child has a cold, please wipe drippy noses and watch for wet instruments.